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DIY Wedding Centerpieces: Hurricane Glasses

The key to any good DIY wedding centerpiece is starting with a central element, and for this, our first of a series of articles on do it yourself wedding centerpieces, we’ve picked the popular hurricane glass!

What’s in a Hurricane?

Hurricane glasses are curvy cylinders with a million variations. They can be kitschy, retro, vintage, sophisticated, tropical, and- well, just about anything else, depending on how you dress them up. They come in many different sizes, and are typically made from either glass or acrylic. Since they’re a popular shape, it can be quite easy to find bulk discounts on hurricane vases and glasses for your DIY wedding centerpieces. Check online craft suppliers and glassworks for the best deals on bulk packages.


The Tropical Hurricane:

For a done-in-seconds tropical DIY centerpiece, you’ll only need a few simple items to add to your glass: sand, a pillar candle, and silk, dried, or fresh tropical blossoms (we like plumeria and orchids). Simple fill a large hurricane about a quarter full with sand, dot the top of the sand with blossoms, and nestle your candle (maybe a fern green or warm ivory?) inside. Depending on the size of your glass, this can be a perfect DIY centerpiece for a small cocktail table, a round table for 6, or, in groups of three, a banquet table.


The Modern Hurricane:

If you’re planning for large banquet tables, you’ll need DIY centerpieces that make a bold visual statement, and don’t fade into the background. In addition to over-sized hurricane glasses, this super-simple centerpiece requires just one added ingredient: fresh fruit! Hit your local farmer’s market and look for bulk oranges, lemons, and limes with their leaves still attached. Artfully stack your produce in the glasses, leaving a few leaves attached for contrast. Not only will your centerpieces catch the eye, they’ll release a delicious aroma thanks to all that citrus!


The Firefly Hurricane:

While this DIY centerpiece requires a little extra work, it’s worth it for a nighttime wedding! You’ll need to hit a craft store and purchase several colors of glow-in-the-dark paint (we like blue and green, purple and white, or yellow and silver combos,) and several small paintbrushes. Make sure you choose a hurricane glass that is wide enough for you to get your hands (and the brush) in without getting stuck! With your brush, dot tiny circles of each color of paint inside the glass. You can vary the size of your dots a little, but too big and they’ll look splotchy and risk running down the glass. Cover as much of the surface as possible with dots- the more there are, the better the finished product will look. On the day of the wedding, make sure the glasses are left out in the sunlight or placed under a strong lamp during the day; that way, you’ll guarantee a strong glow once the sun goes down!


The Rustic Hurricane:

If you’re having an arts-and-crafts or woodland themed wedding, try these rustic DIY centerpieces: In a medium sized hurricane, add a shallow layer of small river pebbles. Then, fill the jar about halfway full with moss. Snuggle an LED candle into the moss, then add some tiny pinecones or a few more small stones around the base of the candle. You can get every one of these supplies at just about any craftstore, and you’re guaranteed to have DIY centerpieces that look as if gnomes crafted them just for you!

The Basics of DIY Weddings

DIY weddings are all the rage, in part because they allow the couple to potentially save some cash while showing off their crafty skills. While it’s unlikely that you’ll be handling all the wedding details by making them yourself, there are elements of any wedding that can easily be made or crafted rather than bought from a vendor.

Whether your skills include sewing, baking, carpentry, or just an eye for design, there are a million DIY wedding ideas that could help you save money while adding a personal touch to your wedding. Nevertheless, getting started on DIY wedding ideas can seem a little daunting for the crafting novice. Here are some important basics you’ll need to get going on turning your big day into a DIY wedding extravaganza!

Do Your Research:

The key to all great DIY wedding crafts is beginning with a great idea for a project. If you know you’d like to add some DIY elements, but don’t know where to begin, there are great resources out there to browse. In addition to wedding and craft magazines, don’t overlook useful sites like etsy and pinterest. These can be a great source of DIY wedding ideas, no matter what style of wedding you’re planning.

Get Friendly With Craft Stores:

Your local craft store is likely to be the basis of a lot of DIY wedding projects, from favor stuffing to ribbon banners. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with one of the managers or clerks, to ask about the possibilities of special orders or bulk discounts. If you can’t find what you need at a store, don’t hesitate to search for great deals online! Online glassworks, fabric stores, and even florists may be a great source of savings- especially if you can disassociate your purchases from the dreaded “wedding” price raiser!

Prepare to Price Compare:

If you’re looking to save some dough by turning to DIY wedding ideas, be prepared to do some price checking. With bulk discounts and sales, it may actually sometimes be cheaper to get pre-fabricated items than to make them yourself. Price out the shopping list of your DIY items against pre-made versions, and don’t forget to factor in charges like shipping or tax. Of course, if you’re just looking to add a homemade, artistic touch, then craft away without fear!

Timing is Everything:

While it’s tempting to think of just how much money you’ll save by making 300 mini-jars of jam instead of buying expensive wedding favors, don’t make the mistake of forgetting the time factor. In the month before your wedding, you’re unlikely to have hundreds of free hours for DIY wedding crafts, so making everything from the chuppah to the bouquets might be out of the question.

If you can spread craft projects out between your wedding party and relatives, however, or just get all your bridesmaids over to help you stuff favors and hand-write place cards, you can probably handle quite a few small DIY wedding projects- or at least a couple of big ones!

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